Monthly Archives: March 2013

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What I Wore: Harlem Renaissance Inspiration

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a birthday party of friend of my husband last weekend.  What made the party extra special was that it was a Harlem Renaissance theme party!!! Once I heard about this weeks prior my creative juices started flowing.  That period of fashion is hands down my favorite era.  I’ve always felt like that was the time I should have been around for.  It was a time when men were dapper gentlemen and women were sophisticated ladies at all times.  I look at old pictures and it looks as if women dressed up just to go grocery shopping!  A far cry from how we look shopping today.  I also love the style icons of that time such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Josephine Baker.  Here are a couple of looks from the party

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So often, life imitates art.  I used my costume inspiration for a wedding we attended the next day!

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Fur stole: Vintage. Dress: Max Studio. Tights: Hue. Shoes: Fluevog. Headpiece: Vintage. Handbag: Louis Vuitton. Brooch: Vintage. Watch: Michele.

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

Shoe Review: Classic Nude Pumps

Every girl needs a classic nude pump in their closet.  This versatile shoe can go to church or to the club :-)  I picked up these Vince Camuto beauties in Cincinnati of all places.  They were at such a good price at DSW that I couldn’t resist.  I struggled deciding between these and a closed-toe version by Kelsi Dagger.  Both had a nice platform making the shoe more comfortable but I opted for the peep toe look.  It has actually been fun experimenting with different toenail colors that pop from the nude colored shoe.

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Doctor’s Recommendation:

Ball-of-foot comfort:  :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Heel comfort: :thumbup: :thumbup::thumbup: out of 5

Tightness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Heel Sturdiness: :thumbup: 1/2 out of 5

Overall Wearability: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

 

My Top 6 Trends for Spring

Here are some looks I have compiled to get you fierce for spring.  Happy shopping!
Neon
Neon
Bold Maxi Dress
Bold Maxi Dress
Sporty Chic
Sporty Chic
Floral Blazer
Floral Blazer
Black & White
Black & White
Mint!!!
Mint
Fashionably yours,
thestylishmd

What I Wore: Plaid & Pumps

Spring has not sprung in Atlanta, but that didn’t stop me from perusing all of the new spring shoes at my favorite shoe store Happy Feet Boutique.  We had a little event at the store so it was a good excuse to sip wine and shop the beautiful collection of shoes.

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Poetic Licence Spring Collection

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More pretty shoes

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image Blazer: Vintage. Shirt: Banana Republic. Jeans and Belt: Gap. Shoes: Zara. Earrings: Anthropologie. Necklace: Forever 21. Bracelet: Charles Emerson. Ring: David Yurman. Watch: Michele. 

Check out more from the store at www.happyfeetboutique.com

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

 

Friday Fashion Quote

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 Stay fabulous this weekend and avoid those sweatpants!

 

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd 

Eyelash Extensions: My Personal Struggle for Lush Lashes

I was not blessed with long eyelashes.  I’m always envious of my husband’s naturally long eyelashes and of course, as a man, he could care less about having them.  I highly doubt there’s a mascara out there that I haven’t tried but I’m never able to achieve the desired length from any of them.  I have also tried products similar to Latisse which work, but you have to continue to use them to keep the length.

Last December I was getting my nails done by my usual manicurist and I commented on her gorgeous, long lashes.  She quickly told me they were extensions.  I had known about the typical falsies I used in the past as a dancer and performer, but I was not hip to eyelash extensions.  I questioned her further and she gave me the name of the woman who did her lashes.  I made an appointment with Robyn Fujimoto, who was the ‘go-to’ woman for eyelash extensions in Atlanta.  During my consultation, she explained to me about the different types of lashes (mink and faux mink), wear, and care of the lashes.  We decided on a length and after 2 hours I was transformed into a glamazon!  My lashes were so long and natural looking.  You can see similar results in the pictures below:

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Source: eyelashextensionvegas.com

I received endless compliments on them and I was hooked.  Now, this is NOT a cheap habit.  A full set was $200 and a fill was $75 every 2-3weeks.  I continued to get my lashes filled for several months until one day I woke up in the morning to a red, itchy, swollen eyelid. Even more importantly, it was THREE days before my wedding!!!! Needless to say, I was freaking out!  I immediately thought I may have had an infection.  I spoke with my aesthetician that day and she said it was common to have a mild allergic reaction to the adhesive.  I then consulted with a friend of mine who is a dermatologist and also had eyelash extensions.  I received a cortisone injection and my eye was back to normal within two days.

Well, that was the last time I had eyelash extensions.  I have spoken with several other women who have similar stories to mine.  So, what exactly happened?

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Source: beautytips411.com

There are several different eyelash extension products with the most popular being NovaLash, NaturaLash, and Xtreme Lashes.  They all use a “medical grade” adhesive for the lashes to stick.  NovaLash is supposed to be the healthiest of the products claiming a fume-free adhesive.  This is what there Material Safety Data Sheet reveals:

2 – Composition/Information on Ingredients:

Hazardous Component (relative %)

Cyanoacrylate Ester Poly Methyl Methacrylate Chemical composition testing has confirmed that this adhesive is essentially formaldehyde free*. (*below those levels specified by the FDA and OSHA as significant or hazardous)

3 – Hazards Identification:

Toxicity: Skin contact may cause burns. Bonds rapidly and strongly to skin. Skin and eye irritant. Estimated oral LD50 more than 5000mg/kg.

Route of Entry: Inhalation

Signs of exposure: Vapor is irritating to eyes and mucous membranes above TLV. Prolonged and / or repeated overexposure to vapors may produce

symptoms of non-allergic asthma in sensitive individuals.

I’m sorry but this doesn’t seem fume-free to me.  This is supposed to be the best glue and I’m sure salons across the country are using cheaper adhesives to cut costs.  Kind of makes you think….  I also love this first aid tip in their MSDS:

Eyelid Adhesion – In the event that eyelids are stuck together or bonded to the eyeball, wash thoroughly with warm water and apply a gauze patch. The eye will open without further action, typically in one to two days. There will be no residual damage. Do not try to open the eyes by manipulation.

Could you imagine having your eye glued shut for 1-2 days!!!  All in all, this post is not to scare you, but to inform you.  My aim is to make you an informed consumer. I didn’t know to ask these questions so I’m passing on this information so you can avoid having an experience like mine. If you go to a salon for consultation about eyelash extensions, ask them about what adhesives they use and what problems previous clients have experienced.  If they’re not open about their product, RUN!

Here is the link to novalash.com/pdf/MSDS-FF.pdf for more info

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

Shoe Review: Bright Seychelles Booties

There’s nothing like a bright yellow bootie to kick off the first day of spring.  I scored these from Anthropologie last season and I absolutely love them.  The look great with jeans and dresses.  They are more comfortable than a typical high heel, but still after walking the NYC streets all day last spring, my feet were sore.  It would be better if they had a little bit of a platform under the forefoot, but they are cute nevertheless.

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Doctor’s Recommendation:

Ball-of-foot comfort:  :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Heel comfort: :thumbup: :thumbup::thumbup: out of 5

Tightness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Heel Sturdiness: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Overall Wearability: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: out of 5

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd

 

Kate Young for Target

If you have been following my blog, you probably realize I have sort of an unhealthy obsession with Target.  I can’t help that they are the kings of affordable designer-collaborated lines.  Well, Target strikes again with another collaboration.  This time it’s with noted Hollywood stylist Kate Young.  Her impeccable sense of style enables her to dress A-listers like Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams and definitely translates to her collection. Her wallet-friendly designs are priced from $14.99-89.99 and include evening dresses, shoes, clutches and jewelry.  I have collected some of my favorite looks from target.com so you can get a glimpse of this gorgeous line.

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The collection launches at select Target stores on 4/14/13.  So, if you didn’t know…..now you know! I’m loving that black jumpsuit and those leopard booties!  The fringed dress is also so adorable and the pumps with the peek-a-boo detailing on the top is so on-trend right now.  What do you think of the collection?

Fashionably yours,

thstylishmd

 

What I Wore: Turquoise Accents

The Auto Show was in Atlanta this past weekend so my husband and I made a date night out of it. It was held at the Georgia Convention center downtown which I knew would be a considerable amount of walking, but it didn’t stop me from wearing my pumps.  I wanted to sport my turquoise Tory Burch clutch because I absolutely love this rare find but I hardly ever use it.  I formed by outfit around my clutch accessorizing my outfit with turquoise accents.

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  Some of the luxurious car brands were missing at the show this year but there were still some fascinating new cars.  Kia featured some cool super hero car designs that were pretty amazing.

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I have a soft spot for Mini Cooper’s and I love this Roadster!

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And of course, one of my dream cars….the Audi RS5 Cabriolet!

Jacket: H&M. Top: Nordstrom. Jeans: Forever 21. Shoes: Prabal for Target. Clutch: Tory Burch. Necklace: Etsy. Earrings: Tory Burch. Ring: K’la. Watch: Michele.

Fashionably yours,

thestylishmd